American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Chiefly British Lacking intelligence and vitality; dull.
- adj. chiefly UK, of a person Lacking intelligence, sense or discernment, often implying lack of capacity of will to remedy the condition.
- adj. UK Inexperienced, naïve, innocent to the point of foolishness.
- adj. (British informal) lacking intelligence and vitality
- From English dialectal gaum (“understanding”) + -less (“without”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *gaumaz, *gaumō (“understand”). The ‘r’ found in this spelling is a vowel-lengthening device common in non-rhotic dialects of English. (Wiktionary)
- From dialectal gawm, sense, from Middle English gome, notice, from Old Norse gaumr. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“What that animal is no one knows, but it has been in the reactionary bestiary so long that none dare call it gormless.”
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“When will David Cameron wise up to the BBC? he should have known better than to allow "gormless" Andrew Lansley to give the BBC such propaganda.”
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“None of it now seems especially secret or illegible, but in the forty years that have elapsed I suppose the rest of us have become much less gormless, and better at processing oceans of sensory bombardment.”
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